Dec 1, 2013 — No contemporary artist is more dedicated to keeping the funk alive than Los Angeles producer Damon Riddick, a.k.a. Dām-Funk. His collaboration with iconic rapper Snoop Dogg is heavy on George Clinton's cosmic grooves and notable for its many moments of subtlety.
Nov 24, 2013 — This 4-CD set captures the glory days of Nashboro, the powerhouse gospel label that put out a huge amount of music, held together by a signature echo. It's a gorgeously articulated sound space.
Nov 24, 2013 — The beats are undeniable in this two-disc compilation of adventurous dance music.
Nov 17, 2013 — As the androgynous vocal half of Rhye, Michael Milosh keeps himself enshrouded in mystery. But his new solo album is more revealing, forthcoming, sexy and domestic.
Nov 17, 2013 — Each of the 10 songs on Fellow Travelers pays tribute to an artist with whom Shearwater has toured. It's fascinating to hear the band function as a skeleton key that opens up the works of Xiu Xiu and Coldplay and St. Vincent alike.
Nov 17, 2013 — The pianist's first visit to France and the 3,000-seat Salle Pleyel concert hall ended in disaster. Fifteen years later, after he became an international star, Monk returned to the same stage with his own band, planning a surprise.
Nov 14, 2013 — The 19-year-old Bugg is both a rebel and a natural-born hitmaker, expressing anger, hope and the desire for change within melodies that sound totally right for the radio.
Nov 10, 2013 — The British duo makes music using clips from old British government propaganda films as narratives for songs engineered to inspire dancing and general chaos. Its music explores the past as it looks into the future, with music meant for clubs that doesn't fit neatly into some EDM subgenre or nightlife cliche.
Nov 10, 2013 — Britten's response to the collective bloodshed of the 20th century remains as vital and visceral as it was when his Requiem premiered more than 50 years ago. It was commissioned for the reconsecration of Britain's Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed by a Nazi bomb raid in 1940.
Nov 10, 2013 — David Tiso concocts gnarled, hydra-Zorn headbangers like some kind of metal mad scientist on Ephel Duath's fifth album. Producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) grounds the insanity with a vicious low-end.